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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, an adorable but playfully cynical musical by William Finn, Rachel Sheinkin, and Rebecca Feldman about kids competing in a spelling bee, has been through town before. At MusicalFare, however, Greg Stuhr, a local actor who appeared in the Broadway production, will direct.

Aunt Dan and Lemon

The current production of Wallace Shawn’s Aunt Dan and Lemon at Torn Space is taut and disturbing—and absolutely riveting. Here Lemon, played with unruffled tranquility by Kristin Bentley, tells us the story of the summer when she was 11 years old. During that remote summer, her Aunt Dan, in a charismatic performance by Kristin Tripp Kelley, fills her mind with dubious philosophies and enthralls her with seductive narratives, entirely inappropriate for an 11-year-old. The experience will sway the direction of her entire life.

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